Tourists unfazed by air pollution in Chiang Mai, hotels 70% booked

Hotels rooms in Chiang Mai are currently about 70% booked, many of them by foreign tourists, despite the worsening PM2.5 problem, according to Patsin Sawetrat, director of the Tourism Authority…

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Chiang Mai records world’s most polluted air today; staying indoors advised

Chiang Mai again ranks as the city with the worst air pollution in the world again today, as the provincial administration urges the public and private sectors to allow their…

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Pilot describes severity of smoke problem from forest fires in Chiang Mai

A pilot for Thai Airways International has given his perspective of the severity of the PM2.5 dust and smoke problem in Chiang Mai province. In his “Captain Faisal” Facebook post…

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Chon Buri to be featured in the Michelin Guide 2025

The Michelin Guide Thailand is to feature Chon Buri in its 2025 edition, marking both its eighth year and the inclusion of Bangkok’s nearest seaside province. This expansion widens the…

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Chiang Mai experiences the world’s third worst air quality today

Chiang Mai is ranked as the city with the third highest level of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere today, measured at 128.2µg/m³, and an air quality index of 188 on…

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Songkran in Chiang Mai will culminate with a spectacular and ceremonial procession, set against the backdrop of the ancient cityscape.//Photo: TAT’s Chiang Mai Office

Chiang Mai: A dive into tradition and water splashing

As April dawns upon Chiang Mai with its scorching sun and searing heat, the former Lanna capital bursts into energy, heralding the arrival of Songkran, the traditional Thai New Year…

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Former forest chief offers advice on controlling northern forest fires

As forest fires rage in several northern provinces, resulting in the accumulation of PM2.5 in the atmosphere, former deputy prime minister Plodprasop Suraswadi has offered some advice, based on how…

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Air quality in Chiang Mai better today, but poor in eight northern provinces

Chiang Mai’s air quality slightly better today, as the air quality index (AQI) improved from the world’s worst for the past two days, to third most polluted city, according to…

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I find happiness among my loved ones as my health improves : Thaksin

Thaksin Shinawatra, convict on parole, said in his first interview today after returning to Thailand that ‘Happiness is at home’.” He was speaking during his visit to a cemetery in Mae…

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Thaksin’s political resurrection starts with crucial Chiang Mai test

The media spotlight has been fixed on Thaksin Shinawatra ever since he returned to Thailand last August after 15 years in exile. That scrutiny intensified on Thursday as the former…

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PM hopes to meet Thaksin in Chiang Mai

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said today that he may have an opportunity to meet former prime minister Thaksin in Chiang Mai, when he visits the province tomorrow. He said, however,…

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Thaksin begins visit to Chiang Mai

Thaksin Shinawatra arrived in Chiang Mai at 9.30am by his private jet and was welcomed by scores of his supporters, known as red-shirts. He emerged from the jet wearing sunglasses…

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Thaksin pays respect at Bangkok city pillar shrine before leaving for Chiang Mai

Former PM Thaksin Shinawatra appeared for the first time since returning to his Chan Song La residence this morning, along with his youngest daughter Paetongtarn Shinawatra, leader of the Pheu…

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Reward offered per arrest of forest fire starters in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai administration is offering a reward of Bt10,000 for the arrest of the person or people who started forest fires, as the PM2.5 dust problem in 17 northern provinces,…

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People to work from home in Chiang Mai if haze does not subside by Sunday

The Chiang Mai provincial administration is monitoring PM2.5 levels closely and is expected to issue advice to provincial units and educational institutions on Sunday to let their staff work from…

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Thaksin to visit Chiang Mai next week

Former PM Thaksin Shinawatra is set to travel in his private jet to visit his home province of Chiang Mai next week, an informed source said today. Currently released from…

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Forest fires rage in several northern provinces as air quality deteriorates

Forest fires are still raging in Thailand’s northern provinces, sending thick smoke into the atmosphere, as Forest Department and Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation firefighters try to…

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Forest fires in Chiang Mai made the city the world’s 8th most polluted on Saturday

Air quality in Chiang Mai province was measured at 153 on the US AQI listing on Saturday, being ranked as having the world’s 8th worst air quality, as forest fires…

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Excessive PM2.5 in 26 provinces, 258 hotspots in Thailand today

Twenty-six northern and north-eastern provinces have been found to be suffering excessive PM2.5 airborne pollution today as 258 hotspots were detected, most of them in Chiang Mai. Forest fires at…

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Forest fires break out at base of Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai

Numerous forest fires are now burning at the base of Doi Suthep mountain in Chiang Mai, billowing plumes of white smoke into the sky, as fire fighters attempt to control…

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Canadian who opened plane door before take off self- harms in cell

The Canadian man in Chiang Mai, who was arrested after opening the door of a Thai Airways aircraft as it was about to take off on Wednesday night, has been…

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Flights to and from Chiang Mai affected as passenger tries to open plane door

Several flights departing from Chiang Mai airport were delayed and a few arriving flights were diverted to other airports last night, after a passenger on a Thai Airways International flight…

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“Indy Jumbo” arrives in Lampang

The elephant has become famous after her mahout posted a video of her relaxing on a beach, looking at the sea and sky. The clip went viral and Thai netizens…

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Sakura Bridge takes centre stage at the Khun Wang Agriculture Research Centre in Chiang Mai. //Photo : TAT

Wild Himalayan cherry trees cast a spell across Thailand’s northern mountains

From January to February, Thailand’s northern mountains, both grand and modest, don a festive shawl of cherry blossoms. Known locally as “Nang Phaya Suea Khrong” and Thai Sakura, the Wild…

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Sunbathing at Sanam Luang draws mixed reactions

A picture posted on social media of two foreigners sunbathing in Sanam Luang, in front of the Grand Palace, has drawn mixed reactions, with some Thai netizens suggesting that the…

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Assets worth over ฺBt1.2Bn seized from a major online scam gang

Thai cyber police have seized assets worth more 1.2 billion baht from a major online scamming gang and have arrested three suspects, including the alleged ring leader, during raids on…

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Srettha to talk about haze problems with Hun Manet

Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said today that he will call his Cambodian counterpart, Hun Manet, to discuss the ongoing haze problem Srettha, who is visiting the northern province of…

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Prime suspect in fatal Khlong Toei shooting arrested in Chiang Mai

A prime suspect in the fatal shooting of a vocational student and a school teacher in Bangkok’s Khlong Toei area on November 11th was arrested this morning in Chiang Mai…

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Bars can stay open until 6am on New Year’s Day

All pubs and bars across the country will be allowed to stay open until 6am on January 1st as a special case to promote tourism, Traisuree Traisoranakul, spokesperson of the…

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This photo taken on October 19 shows Chinese national Yin Wenhui (L), 31, attending Muay Thai training in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. //AFP

Freedom and dignity: Millennial Chinese leave China for Thailand

Chiang Mai – Hitting tennis balls across a tree-lined court in Thailand’s mountainous north, Connie Chen’s weekly private training session is a luxury the Chinese national could barely afford when…

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Updated : One more dead in Chiang Mai explosion

A man who was seriously injured on Tuesday when potassium chlorate, stored in a house at a longan orchard in Chiang Mai province, exploded, succumbed to his injuries, bringing the…

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Rice farmers will get Bt20,000 to delay sale of their crops

Starting next Tuesday, Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) will be paying rice farmers 1,000 baht per 0.16 hectares, up to a maximum of Bt20,000 per household, under the…

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In Sukhothai, the birthplace of the Loy Krathong festival, the celebration promises festivalgoers a spectacular event.//Photo by TAT

Lighting up the night for Loy Krathong

Thailand is abuzz with excitement as the much-anticipated Loy Krathong celebrations kick off with the “Delightful Colours of the River, Loy Krathong Celebrations 2023” festival. Loy Krathong, often referred to…

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Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai buildings damaged by Myanmar quake

Thirteen hospitals and about 30 school buildings in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai have minor cracks following the earthquake, measuring at 6.7 magnitude on the Richter scale, which struck Kengtung…

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Kew Mae Pan is perfect for experiencing a breathtaking sunrise, as it offers stunning views from above the misty valley.//Photo by National Park Department

Walking on the Roof of Thailand

Kew Mae Pan in Chiang Mai province, considered as one of Thailand’s best scenic natural trails, has finally reopened to the public after undergoing five months of rehabilitation. Nature enthusiasts…

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A Chiang Mai hospital increases chance of surviving heart attack

Maharaj Nakhon Chiang Mai Hospital has implemented an operational measure which increases the chance of survival in critically ill heart-attack patients. The hospital, part of Chiang Mai University’s (CMU) Faculty…

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Bangkok-Chiang Mai train service expected to resume this evening (Sunday)

State Railways of Thailand are expected to resume train services on the northern route, between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, this evening as workers continue working to remove three derailed carriages…

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Chiang Mai-bound train derails in Phrae province, no reports of injuries

A special express train bound for Chiang Mai from Bangkok derailed before dawn on Saturday in Phrae province, forcing at least two Bangkok-bound train services to be suspended while derailed…

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A police and a drug trafficker killed in a raid in Chiang Rai

An anti-narcotics police officer and a suspected drug trafficker were killed and another officer was injured in a gun battle following a car chase in Mueang district of the northern…

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Eight districts of Chiang Mai flooded

Flash floods and river overflows have inundated 27 villages in eight districts of the northern province of Chiang Mai, following heavy rain during the weekend, according to the provincial Public…

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PM tells police of stationary car to turn engine off

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has been praised after he told a police who parked his police car with engine on to turn it off during his official visit in Chiang…

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PM spending weekend in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin will spend this weekend in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai provinces, which are strongholds of the Pheu Thai party. He arrived at Mae Fah Luang airport…

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Move Forward MP for Chiang Mai Phattarapong Leelaphat

Move Forward MP proposes measure to cope with forest fires, trans-border haze

A Move Forward MP for Chiang Mai province has proposed a 5-step measure to cope with forest fires and haze pollution in Thailand, especially in northern provinces. Phattarapong Leelaphat, speaking…

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Princess Ubol Ratana joins fight against call centre scammers

Princess Ubol Ratana is supporting cybercrime police efforts to crackdown on call centre scams with a special episode on her popular “To be Number One” YouTube channel. Episode 94, called…

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Chiang Mai police jailed for six months for killing “Tia Morchor”

A Chiang Mai court has sentenced a police corporal to six months in jail on an animal cruelty charge for killing a dog, which was widely known as “Tia Morchor”,…

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Ex-farm chicken eggs to go up to 4 baht each from Friday

Consumers will be expected to pay more for chicken eggs after poultry farmers agreed to charge an extra 20 satang per egg, bringing the ex-farm price to 4 baht each…

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Chiang Mai launches campaign to curb dengue fever

Chiang Mai province has set up a public health emergency operations centre to contain the spread of dengue fever, after 1,805 people have been infected since January 1st and two…

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Ceremony held to remember those who died during Tham Luang rescue

A religious ceremony was held on Monday in front of Tham Luang cave, in the Tham Luang-Khun Nam Nang Non National Park in Chiang Rai province, to commemorate the fifth…

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The wild Wa River, Nan province, is Thailand’s best whitewater rafting destination. (Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

Five places to be wild at heart

After three months of an oppressively hot summer, the rainy season is almost upon us and will last until October. That means Thailand’s countryside is preparing a welcome mat of…

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Police raid shop house suspected of stealing electricity for cryptocurrency mining

Police from Thailand’s Central Investigation Bureau and officials from the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) raided a shop house in Mae Taeng district of Chiang Mai today (Tuesday) and found 38…

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Seven days until ailing Thai elephant is flown back from Sri Lanka

Training for a Thai elephant in Sri Lanka, named Sak Surin, to familiarise it with conditions in a flight cage has been proceeding satisfactory, with the animal getting along well…

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Complaint filed seeking probe into mock referendum on self-rule in Pattani

The Fourth Army Region lodged a complaint with the Muang district police of Pattani province on Sunday, seeking the investigation of a group of people, including students, lecturers, politicians and…

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UNESCO recognises five creative cities in Thailand

UNESCO has recognised five creative cities in Thailand, for gastronomy, crafts, folk arts and design, according to Anucha Burapachaisri, spokesman for the government. Phuket was first granted the UNESCO creative…

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Chiang Mai nature park could not take care of ailing jumbo returning from Sri Lanka

The Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai province does not have the space or appropriate facilities to take care of “Sak Surin”, an ailing elephant who will return from Sri…

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Summer storm warnings for most of Thailand on Thursday

People living in Bangkok and the rest of the country, with the exception of the south, are advised to brace for thunder storms, strong winds, hail and possible lightning strikes…

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After wedding, birth and reality show, Thailand bids farewell to its last giant panda

The recent death of Lin Hui, the last giant panda in Thailand, brought not just sadness but also cherished memories of her two decades here. Lin Hui passed away on…

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96.69 percent of cases taken to court during Songkran involved drunk driving

8,575 drunk driving cases represented 96.69 percent of all motoring-related cases taken to court by the police during the seven days of Songkran celebrations, seeking to have the drivers be…

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71 constituency candidates in 31 provinces disqualified by election officials

A total of 71 constituency candidates in 31 provinces have been rejected by constituency election directors, after it was discovered that their qualifications do not meet the legal requirements, according…

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Chiang Rai had the most hotspots on Friday – GISTDA

Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai had the highest number of hotspots on Friday, with 206, while PM2.5 levels in 40 provinces, mostly in northern and north-eastern provinces, exceed Thailand’s…

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Chiang Mai residents and tourists brave choking air pollution to celebrate Songkran

Apparently undeterred by the excessive PM2.5 air pollution, many residents and tourists, both Thai and foreign, spilled onto the Chiang Mai’s main roads this morning (Thursday) to celebrate the Songkran…

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Highways Dept. offers 27 camp sites for public to pitch tents during Songkran

Thailand’s Highways Department has opened its 27 camp sites, near tourist attractions in 13 provinces, for members of the public to pitch their tents during the Songkran break. The department’s…

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Chiang Mai civic groups file class action suits against PM, NEB and SEC

Representatives of civic groups in Thailand’s Chiang Mai province filed class action lawsuits with the Provincial Administrative Court today (Monday) against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, the National Environment Board (NEB)…

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Chiang Mai residents turn to sarcasm in desperation over PM2.5 pollution

A number of Chiang Mai’s residents have taken to social media to post sarcastic comments about the continuing air pollution, in desperation over government’s failure to address the problem. One…

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Examination ordered of money trail of forestry official allegedly involved in illegal lumber trade

An investigation has been ordered into the source of money paid into the bank accounts of a female official of the Forest Department, who is alleged to be connected with…

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Working from home continues in Chiang Mai on Saturday and Sunday

The work from home measure, introduced by the Chiang Mai provincial administration yesterday Friday), will continue until Sunday, as the PM2.5 pollution problem in the province has not improved. Governor…

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Chiang Mai governor asks employers to allow staff to work from home

As air pollution from PM2.5 dust and forest fire smoke in Chiang Mai has exceeded the safety level, with the problem likely to get worse, Governor Nirat Pongsitthavorn sought cooperation…

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Fires in Nakhon Nayok under control, focus shifts to park in Chiang Mai

After five days of relentless efforts, Thailand’s Department of Public Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DPDPM) announced today (Monday) that firefighters have succeeded in getting forest fires in Nakhon Nayok province…

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Three villages in Chiang Mai declared pollution disaster zones

Three villages in Mueang and Hang Dong districts of Chiang Mai have been declared disaster zones by the provincial administration, as people in the northern capital are being choked by…

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Chiang Mai shrouded in dust, with excessive PM2.5 in many areas Saturday

Chiang Mai is choked with PM2.5 dust, as the level exceeds 50 microns in many areas, particularly in Mueang Na sub-district of Chiang Dao district, where it was measured at…

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One fire-fighting volunteer dies in Chiang Mai’s Khun Khan National Park

A fire-fighting volunteer was found dead, apparently from suffocation, in Khun Khan National Park in Chiang Mai province yesterday (Friday). According to Atthaphon Charoenchansa, acting director-general of the Department of…

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Helicopters sought for firefighting support in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park

Hundreds of fire fighters from Thailand’s northern provinces are now in Chiang Mai to help in combating forest fires in numerous areas, most lately in the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park….

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Chiang Rai running out of air purifiers as pollution increases

Air purifiers are running out fast in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai, as wealthier residents scramble to acquire the devices to ease the impacts of the choking air pollution…

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Excessive PM2.5 dust in 21 northern and north-eastern provinces on Sunday

The level of PM2.5 dust in 21 northern and north-eastern provinces in the past 24 hours exceeded Thailand’s 50-micron safety level, with the PM2.5 in northern provinces being measured from…

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Bangkok in Airbnb reservation platform’s top 5 tourist destinations for 2023

Bangkok has been listed as one of the world’s top five tourist destinations in Airbnb.com’s 2023 rankings, based on the searches for hotel bookings during the first three quarters of…

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About 600 houses damaged during rain and hail storms in Chiang Mai

About 600 houses, most of them in Mueang district, were damaged when heavy rain and hail storms hit Chiang Mai on Saturday afternoon, according to initial reports from the provincial…

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Rain and hail storms hit Chiang Mai, causing widespread property damage

Several districts in Chiang Mai were hit by rain and hail storms on Saturday, causing widespread damage to houses, utility poles, trees and billboards. There were no fatalities, although one…

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Communities join conservationists to protect endangered Pulu turtle

Chiang Mai-based Living River Association (LRA) has joined forces with seven local communities along the Ing River to protect Pulu or big-headed turtle (Platysternon megacephalum), an endangered species which is…

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Excessive PM2.5 pollution in most of northern Thailand on Wednesday

PM2.5 dust in most northern provinces today (Wednesday) exceeds the safety level, being measured at between 61 and 200 microns. The situation is likely to deteriorate in the coming days,…

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About ฿100m in assets seized in multiple raids on drug trafficking networks

Thai anti-narcotics police have seized assets worth about 100 million baht and arrested four major suspects belonging to three illegal narcotic networks during in raids in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai,…

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Chiang Mai’s red “Songthaew” transformation, a new generation of drivers

The red Songthaew minibuses in Chiang Mai have been an iconic form of transport for several decades, for both tourists and locals alike who do not have cars or motorcycles….

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Two more helicopters deployed to combat forest fires in Chiang Mai

Two helicopters from the Department of Public Disaster Prevention and Mitigation are being deployed today (Monday) to help firemen to control forest fires, which have been raging for four days…

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Over 300 hotspots detected in Chiang Mai Province on Sunday

More than 300 hotspots have been detected in forests in Chiang Mai Province on Sunday and a member of the Anandamahidol Foundation Society has warned that air pollution in Thailand…

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Air pollution in Chiang Mai and Lampang reaches health-threatening level

PM2.5 dust levels in the atmosphere in 16 northern and north-eastern provinces have exceeded the 50-micron safety standard, but the fine dust in three areas of Chiang Mai and Lampang…

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Comet C/2022E3 images captured by Thai photographer in Chiang Mai

The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) displayed images of Comet C/2022E3 on Tuesday, taken by a Thai photographer from the top of Doi Inthanon mountain in Chiang Mai…

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377 Chinese tourists arrive in Phuket and Chiang Mai on Wednesday

Two direct flights from China landed in Chiang Mai and Phuket on Wednesday, for the first time in almost three years, bringing 377 tourists. The two groups of visitors were…

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Tourists from China and India must have health insurance coverage

Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said today (Thursday) that tourists from India and China, both countries which require a negative RT-PCR test result and US$10,000 health insurance coverage when…

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Chiang Mai launches COVID vax campaign ahead of tourist arrivals from China

Chiang Mai has launched a COVID-19 vaccination campaign, as a precautionary measure ahead of the return of tourists from China, with the first direct flight between Shanghai and Chiang Mai…

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Thailand’s tourism sector keen to welcome Chinese tourists back

Thai tourism businesses in Chiang Mai and Phuket are keen to welcome the return of Chinese visitors, after about three years of absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Chinese…

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The festive mood hits Pattaya and Chiang Mai

New Year’s celebrations started on Walking Street, around Balihai Bay in Pattaya, on Thursday and will run through the countdown to New Year tomorrow night. All the pubs and bars…

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Route 108 leads visitors to an area with majestic landscapes, ethnic diversity and culinary indulgences in Thailand’s north-western region. (Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

Call of the mountains

Thailand’s northwest frontier, between the provinces of Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai, was once a draw for traders seeking fortune in the abundant teak forest. Today, the region entices…

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Thailand to host international AIDS conference in Chiang Mai next week

Thailand is preparing to host an international conference on AIDS, between December 13th and 16th in Chiang Mai. Dr. Tares Krassanairawiwong, director-general of the Diseases Control Department, said today (Wednesday)…

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Thai troops clash with armed drug traffickers, seize 200,000 meth pills

Thai army troops seized 200,000 methamphetamine tablets today (Sunday), following a brief gun battle in Mae Ai district of the northern province of Chiang Mai, near the Thai-Myanmar border. Troops…

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Pig movement in Chiang Mai halted to prevent spread of African Swine Fever

Pig farmers in Doi Saket district of Chiang Mai Province have been ordered, by livestock development officials, not to move their pigs off their farms, as a precautionary measure to…

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Additional air quality monitoring stations to be set up in Chiang Mai

Two air quality monitoring stations will be set up, in addition to the existing four in Chiang Mai province, to monitor smoke and dust from forest fires, which are expected…

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Chiang Mai abuzz with events and activities this weekend

Chiang Mai will be full of events and activities today (Saturday) and tomorrow, especially its shopping and walking streets, with police advising motorists to expect congested traffic and the closure…

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Chiang Mai struck by 4.1 magnitude earthquake Thursday morning

Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai was struck by an earthquake of 4.1 magnitude on the Richter scale, at 4.36am this morning (Thursday). It was the strongest quake in the…

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Wiang Kum Kam, Chiang Mai. (Photo by the Fine Arts Dept)

Damaged by the deluge

The rainy season may soon give way to winter. But a massive amount of floodwater remains and continues to rise both in depth and width, putting many historic monuments and…

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Boutique Thai-style hotel in Chiang Mai opens to both humans and pets

Having survived, somewhat bruised, the COVID-19 pandemic over the past three years, a boutique Thai-style hotel in Chiang Mai has reinvented itself by becoming a retreat for both humans and…

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Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district flooded last night by Sai River overflow

The Sai River breached its banks and flooded commercial areas and residential communities in Muang district of the northern province of Chiang Rai early this morning, due to heavy rainfall…

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Big clean-up begins Wednesday in Chiang Mai as floodwaters recede

Chiang Mai’s municipal workers launched a big clean-up of roads in the commercial area today (Wednesday), including the Chang Khlan Road and the Night Bazaar as the level in the…

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